"Humility and gratitude for an incredible number of people that have come out tonight and those that chose to vote for me."
After over a year of campaigning, that's how the City of Lubbock's new mayor, David Miller says he felt after learning of his victory.
The ballots are counted and it's official, David Miller is Lubbock's new mayor. He won with 53 percent of the vote, beating out Tom Martin, Ysabel Luna and Gilbert Montes.
Even before the votes were counted, spirits were high at the appropriately named "Spirit Ranch." That is where David Miller's watch party was held on election night. The television was the center of attention as guests wait for the screen to show them who would be Lubbock's next mayor.
Then Miller received the phone call he and supporters anticipated since he announced his run in March 2004.
"Mostly I'm grateful to our heavenly Father for giving us the energy and the vision and support we needed. So I'm just a thankful guy I guess you might say," said an excited Miller when he learned of his victory.
Even during all the smiles, hugs and excitement, Miller didn't lose sight of what he says is most important.
"It is about Him," he said as he motioned to the sky, "and it is about you and don't you dare let me lose sight of that."
Miller says teamwork helped him win the race, and he says the same thing will help him better guide the city of Lubbock.
"I can't do this alone, I never said I could. So I'm looking for partners and the door is open for those partners to come and make some big dreams come true for Lubbock."
The evening ended with a surprise, opponent Tom Martin called Miller to offer his congratulations. Miller says he admires everything Martin has done for Lubbock, he asked him to continue to work with the council, even though Martin will no longer be a member.
"He's smart, he's dedicated, he's an honorable person and to not use someone like Tom Martin's talent in the city would be a shame. I hope he'll accept the council's invitation to help in some way or another," said Miller.
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